EirGrid Wins Top Award for Plain English

EirGrid has won the top Plain English Award for its guide to developing the electricity grid.

The organisers said the company’s “Have Your Say” document was the overall winner because it explains clearly how energy customers can have their 'say' in how EirGrid consults with the public and other stakeholders about developing the electricity grid.

It tells the public what it can expect from EirGrid, and clarifies what EirGrid would like from the public to make the best possible decisions around EirGrid projects.

Rosemary Steen, EirGrid External Affairs Director, said: “At EirGrid we recognise the importance of communicating in a clear and understandable way. Our work can be quite technical and complex at times; however we are committed producing high-quality, accessible publications.”

EirGrid sought to improve the way it consults and communicates with the public following a review of its public consultation process in 2014. As a result, “Have Your Say” was developed.

The aim of the Plain English Awards is to reward organisations that communicate clearly in plain English. Over fifty organisations entered the competition, run by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), by submitting documents that they thought were outstanding examples of plain English.

An independent panel of plain English experts, including RTE radio presenter John Murray, judged entries and decided on the winners in eight separate categories, as well as an overall winner. The awards ceremony took place in The Law Society of Ireland on Thursday 9th February 2017.

Ms Steen added: “We recognise that when we work with communities, we can create a stronger and better electricity grid. We urge communities to get involved in our projects as early as possible in order to influence our plans and to ultimately help in shaping decisions we make.”

EirGrid’s winning entry can be viewed here

Inez Bailey, CEO of NALA, said: “We developed these awards as we want to create a public preference for organisations that choose to communicate in plain English. We were delighted to get so many entries from organisations around the country as everyone benefits from clear information, written in plain English.